We Tried 16 Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Creams and These Were Our Favorites
In 2020, YouGov surveyed almost 20,000 Americans to determine the most popular ice cream flavors. Behind chocolate and vanilla, mint chocolate chip ice cream tied for third, along with strawberry, butter pecan, and "other." It's safe to say, we the people love our mint chip.
But there's something about mint chocolate chip ice cream that's particularly difficult to get right. You want it to be minty, but not artificial tasting, like toothpaste. You want there to be a uniform dispersion of chocolate chips, but not so much that it overpowers the ice cream. That's why we tested 16 different mint chocolate chip ice creams from popular brands like Haagen Dazs, Ben & Jerry's, Jeni's, Baskin Robbins, and more (including dairy-free options).
Best Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream at a Glance
- Best Overall: Haagen-Dazs Mint Chip
- Runner-Up: Breyers Mint Chocolate Chip
- Best Splurge: McConnell's Mint Chip
- Best Budget: Blue Bell Mint Chocolate Chip
- Best Non-Dairy: NadaMoo! Organic Mint Chip Dairy-Free Frozen Dessert
- Best Low-Calorie: Halo Top Mint Chip Light Ice Cream
- Best for People Who Hate Mint Chip: Ben & Jerry's Mint Chocolate Cookie
- Also Recommended: Jeni's Green Mint Chip and Baskin Robbins Mint Chocolate Chip
How We Tested Each Ice Cream
To conduct this taste test, I called on nine friends to help me wade through the plethora of pints. Some of these testers are fans of mint chocolate chip ice cream, while others are downright mint chip haters. Others have dairy intolerance, or are just avoiding dairy, making their feedback especially valuable when it came to the dairy-free options.
Each ice cream was rated on a scale of one to five, with five being the best. We paid special attention to the following factors:
- Flavor: Does the mint flavor taste authentic or artificial?
- Chocolate: How high quality is the chocolate and/or cookie? What is the chocolate to ice cream ratio?
- Texture: Is the ice cream too fluffy, too hard, or somewhere in the middle? How creamy is it?
- Look: Does the ice cream have artificial green dye? How much chocolate do you see dispersed throughout?
- Value: Is it worth the money?
Check out our picks for the best mint chocolate chip ice cream. Plus, find our thoughts on those that didn't quite make the cut.
The Best Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Creams
Other Ice Creams We Tested
These ice creams fell just short of the competition.
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